November 10, 2015
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Despite what many folks would say, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 – the processor that’s powering most high-end smartphones in today’s market – is a perfectly capable CPU that does wonders in terms of performance. Now the company’s latest flagship chipset has just been revealed, boasting X12 LTE support, an upgraded Adreno 530 GPU and much, much more.

For starters, the new Snapdragon 820 processor supports LTE Cat. 12 download speeds of up to 600 Mbps as well as LTE Cat. 13 uplink speeds of up to 150 Mbps. It also comes with support for X12 LTE, which is said to provide 33% faster peak download speeds and triple the peak upload speeds of the company’s 810 processor with X10 LTE.

It's the first commercial mobile processor to take advantage of LTE-U

The 820 also supports both 802.11ad and 802.11ac 2×2 MU-MIMO, which will allow Wi-Fi connectivity to be up to 2-3x faster than the standard 802.11ac without MU-MIMO. This is also the first commercial mobile processor to take advantage of LTE-U, allowing it to access LTE connections in both licensed and unlicensed spectrum. This will help boost your phone’s connection speeds and mobile broadband access in areas that are normally congested.

Take a look at the table below to see just how the new 820 compares to Qualcomm’s other flagships, the 810 and the 808:

 Snapdragon 808Snapdragon 810Snapdragon 820
CPUUp to 2 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A57, quad-core Cortex A53 CPU
64-bit
Up to 2 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex A57, quad-core A53 CPU
64-bit
Up to 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Kryo CPU
64-bit
GPUAdreno 418Adreno 430Adreno 530
ModemX10 LTE
- LTE Advanced 3x20MHz Carrier Aggregation in the downlink
- Cat 9 speeds up to 450 Mbps down/50 Mbps up
- Global Mode
RF360 support
X10 LTE
- LTE Advanced 3x20MHz Carrier Aggregation in the downlink
- Cat 9 speeds up to 450 Mbps down/50 Mbps up
- Global Mode
RF360 support
X12 LTE
- LTE Advanced 3x20MHz Carrier Aggregation in the downlink, 2x20 MHZ in the uplink
- Cat 12/13 speeds up to 600 Mbps down/150 Mbps up
- Global Mode
RF360 support
Video/audio1080p and 4K Ultra HD capture, playback, and display
4K playback with H.264 (AVC) and H.265 (HEVC)
4K capture with H.264 (AVC)
1080p and 4K Ultra HD capture, playback, and display
4K capture and playback with H.264 (AVC) and H.265 (HEVC)
1080p and 4K Ultra HD capture, playback, and display
4K capture and playback with H.264 (AVC) and H.265 (HEVC)
CameraUp to 21MPUp to 55MPUp to 28MP
2x Spectra Camera ISP
Display2K native and 4K external displays
Ultra HD on-device display concurrent with Ultra HD output to HDTV
4K native and 4K external displays
Ultra HD on-device display concurrent with Ultra HD output to HDTV
4K native and 4K external displays
Ultra HD on-device display concurrent with Ultra HD output to HDTV
See also:

Qualcomm Kryo and heterogeneous computing explained

September 3, 2015

Additionally, the Snapdragon 820 features the Qualcomm Adreno 530 GPU that should be able to deliver up to 40% improved graphics performance compared to the Adreno 430 GPU, as well as the custom-designed 64-bit quad-core Kryo CPU which uses Qualcomm’s Symphony System Manager to help with power management across the entire processor.

Also, as previously announced, this chipset comes with support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0, which is approximately 4x faster than conventional charging methods, and 38% more efficient than Quick Charge 2.0.

There are many new features that come with this chipset that we didn’t list here, so be sure to head to the source link below for all of the specifications. Even though the company has made the 820 official, we’re still a little ways out from seeing the processor make its way into new smartphones.

Jimmy Westenberg
Lover of all things Android, Star Wars, dogs, coffee and music.
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